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Sustainable Investing Training Course

Identify, structure and finance lucrative sustainable impact investments

8 - 9 October 2020

Central London

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Articulate what sustainable investing is as an investment strategy in its own right
  • Distinguish between sustainable and impact investing
  • Recognise the importance of sustainable investing as a development finance tool
  • Analyse the significance of Environmental, Social and (corporate) Governance (ESG) factors on the performance of a sustainable investment opportunity
  • Identify financial institutions involved in sustainable investing and what form their involvement can take
  • Explain the significance of ESG screening criteria
  • Recognise the relationship between sustainable investing and the potential for value creation
  • Create a framework to:
    • Evaluate the potential value of a sustainable investment opportunity
    • Determine the how, when and why i.e. the potential value drivers of the investment and their sensitivity
  • Explain the implications of ESG criteria upon the due diligence process
  • Articulate the rationale for different methods used to structure and finance sustainable impact investments
  • Explain the difference in perspective and motivations of the various parties involved

Download the Sustainable Investing course brochure

The demand for sustainable (socially responsible) investing has grown considerably in recent years. Here are some of the finds from a survey entitled ‘Sustainable Signals: Growth and Opportunity in Asset Management’, from the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing and Bloomberg. 

  • Three in four U.S. asset managers say their firms now offer sustainable investing strategies, up from 65% in 2016
  • Asset managers overwhelmingly agree that sustainable investing is no longer a fad, with nine in 10 (89%) saying it is here to stay and 63% expecting it to continue to grow in the next five years
  • As sustainable investing matures, asset managers are putting financial considerations at the forefront of their sustainable investment strategies
  • 82% think strong ESG practices can lead to higher profitability and that companies with such practices may be better long-term investments
  • As more firms embrace sustainable investing strategies, they are offering more ESG-tailored investment vehicles and expanding investor choice
  • Seven in 10 asset managers agree that the industry lacks standard metrics to measure non-financial performance of sustainable investments. The field is wide open for better data and the development of impact measurement tools

Dates: 8-9 October 2020
Venue: Central London
Course Leader: Dr Roger Mills

Dr. Roger W. Mills

Roger Mills is an Emeritus Professor at Henley Business School, University of Reading and he has a unique blend of academic and business experience.

Roger has consulted to numerous companies and organisations in many countries around the World. He has worked extensively with within private equity, including sustainable/impact investing, as well as with banks, consultancies, financial institutions, development banks, foundations, sovereign funds, LPs and GPs.

As a private equity investor Roger was a founding member of a technology start up that secured a successful AIM listing on the London Stock Exchange for a dotcom company in the late 1990’s. This listed company went on to acquire a number of businesses to refocus its activities before being acquired by a private equity player. He has also been involved extensively in recent years in advising a number of technology companies.

From his academic studies, all undertaken part-time whilst working, he has a PhD in Finance, a Masters in Management Studies (MBA) and a first degree in Psychology, Sociology and Economics. During the professional part of his career he qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant, Company Secretary and Corporate Treasurer. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, and the Association of Corporate Treasurers. Currently, he is the CEO of his own group of companies and an advisor to a number of organisations at board level, including one Middle East bank.

Roger has written numerous articles and both authored and co-authored many books, the most recent being Masterminding the Deal (August 2013).

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